San Diego City Council approves hotel purchases for homeless housing

San Diego City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of two hotels that within two months could become permanent homes for 400 people now at a temporary shelter at the Convention Center.

While no one knows when the venue again will be used for conventions, ending the shelter prepares the city for when that day finally comes. The city opened the shelter in April out of fears that

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San Diego City Council to purchase 2 hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny

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As pandemic worsens strain on homeless shelters, Montreal to provide temporary housing in hotels

a man preparing food in a kitchen: Volunteers at the Welcome Hall Mission prepare a Thanksgiving meal for patrons.

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Volunteers at the Welcome Hall Mission prepare a Thanksgiving meal for patrons.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she’s working with federal and provincial governments to temporarily house people who are homeless in mostly vacant hotels once again, as shelters continue to see an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I think we must seize the opportunity to quickly give a roof to many people who

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pushes for project to turn hotels in homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City Council is expected to decide on a proposal that would turn two purchased hotels into housing for San Diego’s homeless, and on Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer made a push in favor of the plan.

Part of California’s Project Homekey includes an initiative to provide more homeless Californians with permanent housing amid the COVID-19 crisis. The project’s budget is $600 million, with $37 million for

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny

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City leaders, San Diego Housing Commission push to transform hotels into housing for homeless

The city said the transformation would allow for 332 units to become housing for people experiencing homelessness.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — City leaders and the San Diego Housing Commission are looking for approval to purchase both the Residence Inn on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley to increase housing for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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COVID hotels for Bay Area homeless residents set to close

The Bay Area is winding down the grand experiment that sheltered thousands of its homeless residents in safe environments during the pandemic, raising fresh concerns about the spread of COVID-19 as officials scramble to find alternative housing.

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched Project Roomkey in April, a first-of-its-kind program that moved unhoused residents into hotels to protect them from the virus. Six months later, with federal funding sources poised to expire,

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Council worker honoured for helping homeless people into safe accommodation

Ajitha Sajeev

A council worker who helped bring more than 200 homeless people into safe accommodation at the start of the coronavirus lockdown has been honoured by the Queen.

Ajitha Sajeev, who has worked at Newham Council for 30 years, helped 191 people off the streets and 40 people out of shared accommodation including night shelters to keep them safe from Covid-19.

The London council acquired accommodation in four hotels

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San Diego City one step closer to paying $106.5M for hotels to house the homeless

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City of San Diego is one step closer to approving the $106.5M purchase of two hotels to permanently house homeless people living in the convention center.

When the pandemic hit in March, the Bridge Shelters and Golden Hall were cleared out and about a thousand people were brought into the convention center, according to the mayor’s office.

The emergency setup allowed for proper social distancing,

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Vancouver council approves $30 million to house homeless people in vacant hotels, apartment buildings

Vancouver city council has approved $30 million to house people who are homeless in hotels and commercial sites.

The plan will allow the city to buy or lease units in vacant hotels, apartment buildings and single-room occupancy buildings to provide emergency relief for homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the motion Thursday night following a meeting that stretched for more than 12 hours and

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NYC Will Continue To House Some Homeless Adults In Hotels

The de Blasio administration is preparing to house homeless New Yorkers in hotels for at least another six months, despite the uproar the practice has caused in some neighborhoods.

City officials have reached an agreement with the Hotel Association of New York City to extend an existing contract to use hotels to house homeless individuals, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The original contract was signed at the

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City Council committee advances proposal to buy hotels for homeless people

A city proposal to buy two hotels to house up to 400 homeless people cleared a hurdle Wednesday with unanimous approval from the San Diego Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. Public comments during the meeting, held remotely with people calling in, found a few Mission Valley residents had concerns about the city’s plan to convert a Marriot Residence Inn near

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Study Finds Housing Homeless In King County Hotels Is Effective

SEATTLE, WA — King County initiative that moved people experiencing homelessness out of shelters and into hotel rooms early in the pandemic helped slow transmission of the virus and led to increased overall health and stability, according to a new study.

In April, the county announced it would transition nearly 400 people from shelters to three hotels located in Bellevue, Renton and Seatac. Since then, the rooms have provided temporary

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Program to house homeless people in hotels is ending

One hotel emptied its rooms in late August. Another did so last week. A third is winding down this week.

It’s the beginning of the end for L.A. County’s Project Roomkey, the $100 million-plus program to repurpose hotels and motels emptied by the coronavirus as safe havens for homeless people.

After peaking at just over 4,300 guests — about 30% of its ambitious goal — the project will shed several

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San Diego Housing Commission’s plan to buy hotels for homeless population concerns some neighbors

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Housing Commission is getting closer to finalizing the purchase of two hotels in an effort to house the San Diego area’s homeless. However, some residents are raising concerns about the project, saying they were never given the opportunity to ask questions or voice their concerns.

“It’s exactly right next door,” said Sam Catalano.

Catalano feels blindsided after having just found out San Diego officials

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Dispute breaks out over plans for homeless accommodation in Chester

Plans to convert a number of Chester properties into homeless accommodation have received a mixed reaction from residents.

The two properties on Brook Lane, in Chester, were previously used by the University of Chester for student accommodation but have been empty for more than two years.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are proposing a mix of 21 rooms and studios for the homeless at 26, 27 and 28 Brook Lane

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Bloomington faces challenges with hotels housing homeless people

Bloomington officials have been struggling with how to handle several hotels housing homeless people that are racking up police calls and making neighbors feel unsafe, demonstrating that such challenges during the pandemic aren’t limited to central cities.

Three Bloomington hotels — a Holiday Inn, a Holiday Inn Express and a Comfort Inn — have contracts that began in March with either Hennepin County or St. Stephen’s Human Services, a Minneapolis

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Homeless Hotels Cost NYC Nearly $300 Million: Report

NEW YORK CITY — The troubled effort by Mayor Bill de Blasio to temporarily house homeless New Yorkers in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic has racked up a hefty price tag: $299 million, according to West Side Rag.

Since April, the city has paid to rent rooms in hotels around the city, converting them into temporary shelters to reduce crowding in the existing shelter system, lowering the risk of coronavirus

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De Blasio’s COVID contract to house homeless in hotels hits $299 million

The price tag for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s program to move homeless New Yorkers from barracks-like shelters to hotels to stop COVID-19 outbreaks now stands at $299 million, documents filed with the city comptroller show.

The initial program cost $78 million but only covered a fraction of the rooms and hotels that the city ended up needing as it closed down its usual congregate facilities, accounting for the dramatic increase

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Why didn’t these L.A. hotels house homeless people? A new report offers some answers

When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.

a group of people crossing a street in front of a building: Two hotels at L.A. Live, the downtown entertainment complex, did not take part in Project Roomkey. A report looked at why some hotels did not participate. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

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Two hotels at L.A. Live, the downtown entertainment complex, did not take part in Project Roomkey. A report looked at why some hotels did not participate. (Francine Orr

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